Teacher Training

Our professional development workshops engage language teachers directly in defining their goals and desired learning outcomes. Training promotes active learning as it models task-based instruction, backward design, and flipped classroom approaches.

Training can be provided in face-to-face, online, or hybrid workshop models. We also provide individual and small-group mentoring for teachers and maintain the teacher training website The Essentials of Language Teaching, a professional development website for instructors with limited exposure to current practices in second language education, such as learner-centered instructional design and teaching for communicative competence

Sample Workshop Topics
  • Teaching for communicative competence
  • Applying backward design in language teaching
  • Teaching language for specific purposes
  • Using authentic materials and online resources
  • Understanding learner-centered instruction
Examples of recent work
  • Focus on Assets in Language Curriculum Design. Invited presentation at the Curriculum Design LEARN Conference, Fairfax, VA, August 2016
  • Choosing and Using Life Skills Websites with Adult Learners. Invited presentation at the NC State University ESL Symposium, Raleigh, NC, May 2016
  • Learner Assets in Workplace Instruction. Invited paper presented at the colloquium on Communicating Across Borders: The Case for Culturally Intelligent Workplace Practitioners, TESOL International, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 2015
  • Developing English Reading Skills and Financial Literacy with Online Materials. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), Charleston, SC, November 2014 (with Miriam Burt and Jennifer Leach)